Nestlé Australia is set to ramp up production of its Purina Pet Food range, investing $90 million to upgrade its Blayney factory.

The factory, in rural NSW, produces brands Proplan Supercoat, Felix, Fancy Feast and Purina One.

The investment will allow Nestlé to extend existing production areas, install new equipment and allow for increased production capacity. The company last year exported more than $45 million of pet food to New Zealand, Thailand and Japan and the upgrade will also allow for further export growth.

The spend brings Nestlé’s investment at the site to $200 million over the last decade and Factory Manager Andrew Devlin said this investment was great news for local manufacturing and job creation.

“Nestle is committed to investing in continuous improvement of the Blayney site, and this investment also signals the continuous support for the broader Blayney community.

“The upgrade is estimated to take about 18 months, during which we estimate there will be 100 construction, installation and commissioning jobs here on site, with an estimated $10 million of civil works planned.  

The factory will also look to increase their percentage of locally sourced ingredients, which already sits at an impressive 80% of raw materials.

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